Delph Wood

An interesting area of mixed woodland with a stream and remnants of mineral extraction ponds.

 

Site Name Delph Wood
Protection
  • BCP Council
Interest
3
County Dorset
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Delph Wood

Delph Wood: a woodland of diversity -

Once you have found Delph Wood you will enjoy your visit; that is a promise not a threat! Delph Wood was once a much larger area of woodland but in Victorian times the new railway into Poole from the north cut the wood in two. The western half is now Broadstone Golf Club and the eastern half remains as the woodland you can walk in today. At the end of the driveway there is a surprise in store as set in the middle of the wood is Broadstone cricket club. It must be a lovely place to play cricket but they must spend hours looking for the ball every time someone clears the boundary!

The wood itself presents a series of differing habitat and that, in turn, presents a diverse bio-culture. Broadleaf woodland with standard oak, beech, ash and sweet chestnut is interwoven with a few conifers that include scots pine. A small stream runs through the wood and there are various ponds, presumably as a result of mineral extraction at some point in the past. In the middle of the wood there is an open grassy area and then to the north of the wood you start to meet the influence of nearby Broadstone Heath. 

Being close to housing there are the usual issues of dog walking and children's bicycles. It is a popular dog walking area, I lost count of the number I saw, but there is little sign of dog mess which is a credit to the local dog owners. The general disturbance to animals and birds from marauding dogs is a problem though. If you visit on a week day then the children will not disturb your peace!

My only visit to date was in mid summer but I would think this site is at its best in April and May for spring flowers and in autumn for fungi so my species list probably does not do the site justice.   

Delph Wood

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BCP Council
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These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

18
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
H6

Sand Dunes

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

8
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

8
E3

Fen and carr

7
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

25
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

25
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

24
W07

Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland

14
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

12
W12

Fagus sylvatica - Mercurialis perennis [Beech/Dog's mercury] woodland

8
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

8
M23

Juncus effusus - Galium palustre [Soft Rush/Marsh Bedstraw] rush pasture

8
W16

Quercus - Betula - Deschampsia flexuosa [Oak/Birch/Wavy Hair-grass] woodland

7
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

7
The number of species recorded per species group: